• David Shub
  • Colorado forest fires

The weather is miserable this summer all across America, but what’s to be said or done? The first casual in the New Yorker‘s Talk of the Town this week is headlined “The Big Heat,” and to increase the odds that readers will choose to think about what they’re suffering, author Elizabeth Kolbert begins with a tease:

“Corn sex is complicated.”

Kolbert has a lot more on her mind than carnal corn. “Along with the heat and the drought and the super derecho [devastating thunderstorms],” she writes, “the country this summer is also enduring a Presidential campaign. So far the words ‘climate change’ have barely been uttered. This is not an oversight. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have chosen to remain silent on the issue, presumably because they see it as just too big a bummer.”